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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The pace of life for many is fast and furious and summer (or any) vacations are few and far between. We find ourselves churning through the daily grind with a certain familiarity and often fail to find time for ourselves.

Even if it’s just for the day, being able to find time to relax and enjoy life is an excellent stress reliever. Maybe the budget is tight or maybe you don’t have time for a vacation that takes you far away. Perhaps you can’t find someone to watch the kids and/or can’t take them with you. Whatever the reason, there is beautiful tranquility for you and your family to enjoy in the great outdoors. And no reason not to do so.

We have amazing parks in Fairfield and Vacaville that are filled with nature (here are some great nature quotes), activities and an abundance of things to do that will clear your mind and produce amazing memories in the process.

Here are a few of our favorite local Fairfield parks that we recommend:

Allan Witt Community Park: This park is full of opportunity for sports lovers. With baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball, horseshoe pits, several fields, a skatepark, an aquatic complex and even two playgrounds for the little ones that might not be as sports oriented.

Gary Falati Neighborhood Park: This park is great for families on hot days with a splash play area, picnic area including gazebo, toddler and youth playgrounds as well as walking paths. If you live in Madison this park is in your backyard!

Laurel Creek Community Park: This park is great for explorers with walking paths, trails from Paradise Valley Golf Courses to Suisun City Marsh, wildlife habitats and creeks.

We hope this glimpse into local parks has moved you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!

For a complete listing of Parks & Trails please click the City you’d like to visit for more details: Fairfield, CA / Vacaville, CA.

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When school lets out for summer, camps, vacations and day trips fill much of the schedule. If you and your kids are lucky, some of that time is spent at the beach! While the beach can be a great place to relax we want to share some great activities for the whole family that your kids are sure to enjoy.

One of our favorite childhood games was hide and seek. A great activity for the beach that gets everyone involved is a scavenger hunt. You can search for things that are readily available like rocks, shells, sea grass and more as well as hiding pre-determined treasures.

This next one is a no-brainer, but a classic that everyone can spend hours enjoying. Sandcastles! You can build elaborate castles with moats, drawbridges and more. You can also create drip castles by mixing sand and water and dripping it from your hand held above.

Maybe traditional isn’t your style. Build a volcano in the sand that will blow your kids away. Take a few household items with you to the beach and once you’ve built the volcano to your liking…just add vinegar and watch the eruption!

Did you ever make a pillow fort as a kid? All you needed was a sheet or two and some sofa cushions. Take this easy way to create shelter to the beach and make a tent in a few easy steps. Bring a sheet or some large beach towels with you and have the kids search for sticks to use as supports. Have fun and get creative!

When the day is done you can even use scraps from the snacks you brought to feed the birds for some last minute enjoyment. Seagulls flock to food so throw a few pieces (make sure when you do this you are in an open area away from others) of bread or crackers in the air and watch the birds come from all around.

These are just some of the many activities you can enjoy at the beach as a family. Here’s to summer and enjoying the sun, sand, cool breeze and ocean waters!

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Summer camps are often a source of amazing lifelong memories for kids around the world. The opportunity to learn, experience and enjoy everything from sports, the arts, technology, crafting, the outdoors and more awaits your lucky little one(s). With all the choices out there we thought we’d share a few of our favorite local camps in a wide range of activities and price ranges if you live in Fairfield, CA.

Camp Mankas focuses on crafts, swimming and outdoor fun for youth ages 5-11. Camp Mankas has Day Camp held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $135 a week and Extended Day Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $160 a week. Siblings receive a 10% discount and if you register for the entire summer session your last week is FREE! For more details about Camp Mankas click here.

Challenger Soccer Camps are week long camps for kids age 2-18! They host camps in over 3,000 communities in the United States and Canada. The Challenger Way focuses on technical, tactical, physical and psychological requirements of the game at each age level, but more importantly on your child as an individual! Camps are in late June and early July and cost $99 a week. For more details about Challenger Soccer Camps click here.

Outward Bound California offers multi-week courses that run throughout the summer and early fall for all age groups. This is more of an experience than a traditional camp. Courses are led by a team of highly motivated and skilled field instructors committed to helping people of every age discover, develop and achieve their full potential with a focus on leadership. Outward Bound exists across the US and also has the opportunity to venture out of the country for older participants with a wide range of experiences to choose from. For more details about Outward Bound click here.

The YMCA Fairfield has Summer Day Camp, Adventure Camp & Overnight Camp as well as swimming lessons all summer long for ages 5+!  For more information contact Angelica Cortez at 562-423-0491. Camps run June-August and prices range from $100+ depending on camp choice. For more details about YMCA summer camps click here.

We also wanted to share this great events guide from the City of Vacaville featuring a summer camp insert if you live in Vacaville, CA. With over 50 pages, you’re sure to find the perfect camp! For more details about Vacaville summer camps click here.

Do you have a camp that your kids already go to that isn’t listed? Please share other great local camps and testimonials for others!

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